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NebulacolorThe Nebula Awards ® are voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Founded as the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1965 by Damon Knight, the organization began with a charter membership of 78 writers; it now has over 1,500 members, among them many of the leading writers of science fiction and fantasy.

Lloyd Biggle, Jr., the SFWA’s first secretary-treasurer, originally proposed in 1965 that the organization publish an annual anthology of the best stories of the year. This notion, according to Damon Knight in his introduction to Nebula Award Stories: 1965 (Doubleday, 1966) “rapidly grew into an annual ballot of SFWA’s members to choose the best stories, and an annual awards banquet.”

Since 1965, the Nebula Awards have been given each year for the best novel, novella, novelette, and short story eligible for that year’s award. The Award for Best Script was added in 2000. An anthology including the winning pieces of short fiction and several runners-up is also published every year. The Nebula Awards® Banquet, which takes place each spring, is attended by many writers and editors and is preceded by meetings and panel discussions.


The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2015 Nebula Awards (presented 2016), nominees for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.


Raising Caine, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu (Saga)
Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, Lawrence M. Schoen (Tor)
Updraft, Fran Wilde (Tor)


Wings of Sorrow and Bone, Beth Cato (Harper Voyager Impulse)
“The Bone Swans of Amandale,” C.S.E. Cooney (Bone Swans)
“The New Mother,” Eugene Fischer (Asimov’s 4-5/15)
“The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn,” Usman T. Malik (Tor.com 4/22/15)
Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)
“Waters of Versailles,” Kelly Robson (Tor.com 6/10/15)


“Rattlesnakes and Men,” Michael Bishop (Asimov’s 2/15)
“And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead,” Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed 2/15)
“Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds,” Rose Lemberg (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 6/11/15)
“The Ladies’ Aquatic Gardening Society,” Henry Lien (Asimov’s 6/15)
“The Deepwater Bride,” Tamsyn Muir (F&SF 7-8/15)
“Our Lady of the Open Road,” Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s 6/15)

Short Story

“Madeleine,” Amal El-Mohtar (Lightspeed 6/15)
“Cat Pictures Please,” Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld 1/15)
“Damage,” David D. Levine (Tor.com 1/21/15)
“When Your Child Strays From God,” Sam J. Miller (Clarkesworld 7/15)
“Today I Am Paul,” Martin L. Shoemaker (Clarkesworld 8/15)
“Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” Alyssa Wong (Nightmare 10/15)


Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

Ex Machina, Written by Alex Garland
Inside Out, Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original Story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
Jessica Jones: AKA Smile, Teleplay by Scott Reynolds & Melissa Rosenberg; Story by Jamie King & Scott Reynolds
Mad Max: Fury Road, Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris
The Martian, Screenplay by Drew Goddard
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt


Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

Seriously Wicked, Tina Connolly (Tor Teen)
Court of Fives, Kate Elliott (Little, Brown)
Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan UK 5/14; Amulet)
Archivist Wasp, Nicole Kornher-Stace (Big Mouth House)
Zeroboxer, Fonda Lee (Flux)
Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older (Levine)
Bone Gap, Laura Ruby (Balzer + Bray)
Nimona, Noelle Stevenson (HarperTeen)
Updraft, Fran Wilde (Tor)

About the Nebula Awards

The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of SFWA. Voting will open to SFWA Lifetime and Active members on March 1 and close on March 30.  More information is available from http://www.sfwa.org/nebula-awards/how-to-vote/.

About the Nebula Awards Weekend

The 2016 SFWA Nebula Conference  will take place at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago the weekend of May 12-15.  The banquet and awards ceremony will take place the evening of May 14

Past Winners:

Winners for 2014 are indicated with a .
Awarded in Chicago, IL


The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor)
Trial by Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu ( ), translated by Ken Liu (Tor)
Coming Home, Jack McDevitt (Ace)
Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals; Fourth Estate; HarperCollins Canada)


We Are All Completely Fine, Daryl Gregory (Tachyon)
Yesterday’s Kin, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
“The Regular,” Ken Liu (Upgraded)
“The Mothers of Voorhisville,” Mary Rickert (Tor.com 4/30/14)
Calendrical Regression, Lawrence Schoen (NobleFusion)
“Grand Jeté (The Great Leap),” Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer ’14)


“Sleep Walking Now and Then,” Richard Bowes (Tor.com 7/9/14)
“The Magician and Laplace’s Demon,” Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld 12/14)
“A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i,” Alaya Dawn Johnson (F&SF 7-8/14)
“The Husband Stitch,” Carmen Maria Machado (Granta #129)
“We Are the Cloud,” Sam J. Miller (Lightspeed 9/14)
“The Devil in America,” Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com 4/2/14)

Short Story

“The Breath of War,” Aliette de Bodard (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/6/14)
“When It Ends, He Catches Her,” Eugie Foster (Daily Science Fiction 9/26/14)
“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye,” Matthew Kressel (Clarkesworld 5/14)
“The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family,” Usman T. Malik (Qualia Nous)
“A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide,” Sarah Pinsker (F&SF 3-4/14)
“Jackalope Wives,” Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/7/14)
“The Fisher Queen,” Alyssa Wong (F&SF 5/14)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Edge of Tomorrow, Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Guardians of the Galaxy, Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Interstellar, Written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan (Paramount Pictures)
The Lego Movie, Screenplay by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller  (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

Unmade, Sarah Rees Brennan (Random House)
Salvage, Alexandra Duncan (Greenwillow)
Love Is the Drug, Alaya Dawn Johnson (Levine)
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, A.S. King (Little, Brown)
Dirty Wings, Sarah McCarry (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Greenglass House, Kate Milford (Clarion)
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Leslye Walton (Candlewick)

2013 Nebula Award Winners
Awarded in San Jose, CA

Best Novel: Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Best Novella: ‘‘The Weight of the Sunrise,’’ Vylar Kaftan (Asimov’s 2/13)
Best Novelette: ‘‘The Waiting Stars,’’ Aliette de Bodard (The Other Half of the Sky) Best Short Story
Short Story: ‘‘If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,’’ Rachel Swirsky (Apex 3/13)
Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, director; Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, writers) (Warner Bros.)
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Sister Mine, Nalo Hopkinson (Grand Central)
Damon Knight Grand Master Award: Samuel R. Delany


2012 Nebula Award Winners
Awarded in San Jose, CA

Novel:  2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Novella: After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
Novelette: “Close Encounters” by Andy Duncan (The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories)
Short story: “Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 6/12)
Ray Bradbury Award for outstanding dramatic presentation: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (director),  Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin (writers), (Journeyman/Cinereach/Court 13/Fox Searchlight)
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy: Fair Coin, E.C. Myers (Pyr)

2012 Damon Knight Grand Master: Gene Wolfe
Solstice Award: Carl Sagan and Ginjer Buchanan
Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Service to SFWA Award: Michael H. Payne

2011 Nebula Award Winners
Awarded in Washington D.C.

Novel: Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)
Novella: “The Man Who Bridged the Mist,” Kij Johnson (Asimov’s Science Fiction, October/November 2011)
Novelette: “What We Found,” Geoff Ryman (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, September/October 2011)
Short Story: “The Paper Menagerie,” Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March/April 2011)
Ray Bradbury Award: Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife,” Neil Gaiman (writer), Richard Clark (director) (BBC Wales)
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy: The Freedom Maze, Delia Sherman (Big Mouth House)2010 Nebula Award Winners

2011 Damon Knight Grand Master Award: Connie Willis
Solstice Award: Octavia Butler (posthumous) and John Clute
Service To SFWA Award: Bud Webster

2010 Nebula Award Winners
Awarded in Washington D.C.

Novel: Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Spectra)
Novella: “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window” by Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean, Summer 10)
Novelette: “That Leviathan Whom Thou Hast Made” by Eric James Stone (Analog Sept10)
Short Story: Tie “Ponies” by Kij Johnson (Tor.com, January ’10) and “How Interesting: A Tiny Man” by Harlan Ellison (Realms of Fantasy, Feb10)
Ray Bradbury Award: Inception
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy: I Shall Wear Midnight, by Terry Pratchett (Doubleday; Harper)

2009 Nebula Award Winners
Awarded in Cocoa Beach, FL
Ray Bradbury Award Reinstated

Novel: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (Nightshade)
Novella: “The Women of Nell Gwynne’s” by Kage Baker (Subterranean Press)
Novelette: “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast” by Eugie Foster (Interzone Feb09)
Short Story: “Spar” by Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld Oct09)
Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: District 9 by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Damon Knight Grand Master: Joe Haldeman
Author Emeritus: Neal Barrett, Jr.
SFWA Solstice Awards: Tom Doherty, Terri Windling and the late Donald A. Wollheim

2008 Nebula Award Winners
Awarded in Los Angeles, CA
Solstice Award Created

Novel: Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin (Harcourt)
Novella: “The Spacetime Pool” by Catherine Asaro (Analog, Mar 08)
Novelette: “Pride and Prometheus” by John Kessel (F&SF, Jan 08)
Short Story: “Trophy Wives” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (Fellowship Fantastic, DAW Books)
Script: WALL-E by Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon. Original story by Andrew Stanton & Pete Docter (Pixar, Jun 08)
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy: Flora’s Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room) by Ysabeau S. Wilce (Harcourt, Sep 08)
Grand Master: Harry Harrison
Author Emeritus: M.J. Engh
Solstice Awards: Kate Wilhelm, Martin H. Greenberg and the late Algis Budrys

2007 Nebula Award Winners
Awarded in Austin, Texas

Novel: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins)
Novella: “Fountain of Age” by Nancy Kress (Asimov‘s, Jul07)
Novelette: “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” by Ted Chiang (F&SF, Sep 07)
Short Story: “Always” by Karen Joy Fowler (Asimov’s, Apr/May07)
Script: Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books)
Grand Master: Michael Moorcock
Author Emeritus: Ardath Mayhar

2006 Nebula Award Winners
Awarded in New York, NY

Novel: Seeker by Jack McDevitt (Ace, Nov05)
Novella: “Burn” by James Patrick Kelly (Tachyon Publications)
Novelette: “Two Hearts” by Peter S. Beagle (F&SF, Oct/Nov05)
Short Story: “Echo” by Elizabeth Hand (F&SF, Oct/Nov05)
Script: Howl’s Moving Castle by Hayao Miyazaki, Cindy Davis Hewitt, and Donald H. Hewitt (Studio Ghibli and Walt Disney Pictures, U.S. Premier 10 Jun05. Based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones)
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy: Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier (Penguin/Razorbill)
Grand Master: James Gunn

2005 Nebula Award Winners
Awarded in Tempe, AZ
Andre Norton Award Established

Novel: Camouflage by Joe Haldeman (Ace; Analog Mar/Apr/May 2004)
Novella: “Magic for Beginners” by Kelly Link (Magic For Beginners; F&SF Sep05)
Novelette: “The Faery Handbag” by Kelly Link (The Faery Reel: Tales From the Twilight Realm, 04)
Short Story: “I Live With You” by Carol Emshwiller (F&SF Mar05)
Script: Serenity by Joss Whedon
Grand Master: Harlan Ellison
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy: Valiant by Holly Black (Simon & Schuster)

2004 Nebula Award Winners
Awarded in Chicago, IL

Novel: Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold (Eos)
Novella: “The Green Leopard Plague” by Walter Jon Williams (Asimov’s Oct/Nov03)
Novelette: “Basement Magic” by Ellen Klages (F&SF, May03)
Short Story: “Coming to Terms” by Eileen Gunn (Stable Strategies and Others)
Script: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King by Frances Walsh, Phillipa Boyens, Peter Jackson (New Line)
Grand Master: Anne McCaffrey

2003 Nebula Award Winners
Awarded in Seattle, WA

Novel: Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon (Ballantine)
Novella: “Coraline” by Neil Gaiman (Harper Collins)
Novelette: “The Empire of Ice Cream” by Jeffrey Ford (SCI FICTION Feb03)
Short Story: “What I Didn’t See” by Karen Joy Fowler (SCI FICTION Jul02)
Script: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by Frances Walsh, Phillipa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair, Peter Jackson (New Line)
Grand Master: Robert Silverberg

2002 Nebula Award Winners
Awarded in Philadelphia, PA
Grand Master Award Renamed: Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award

Novel: American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Morrow)
Novella: “Bronte’s Egg” by Richard Chwedyk (F&F)
Novelette: “Hell is the Absence of God” by Ted Chiang (Starlight 3, Tor)
Short Story: “Creature” by Carol Emshwiller (F&SF, Nov01)
Script: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by Frances Walsh, Phillipa Boyens and Peter Jackson (New Line)
Grand Master: Ursula K. Le Guin
Author Emeritus: Katherine MacLean

2001 Nebula Award Winners
Awarded in Kansas City, MO

Novel: The Quantum Rose by Catherine Asaro (Tor)
Novella: “The Ultimate Earth” by Jack Williamson (Analog Dec00)
Novelette: “Louise’s Ghost” by Kelly Link (Stranger Things Happen, Small Beer Press Jul01)
Short Story: “The Cure for Everything” by Severna Park (SCI FICTION June00)
Script: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by James Schamus, Kuo Jung Tsai and Hui-Ling Wang (Sony Pictures Classics” by Dec00)
President’s Award: Betty Ballantine

2000 Nebula Award Winners
Awarded in Beverly Hills, CA
Award for Best Script Added

Novel: Darwin’s Radio by Greg Bear (Ballantine)
Novella: “Goddesses” by Linda Nagata (SCI FICTION/SciFi.com, July 5, 2000)
Novelette: “Daddy’s World” by Walter Jon Williams (Not of Woman Born, Roc)
Short Story: “macs” by Terry Bisson (F&SF, Oct/Nov99)
Script: Galaxy Quest by Robert Gordon, David Howard (Dreamworks)